Are the Los Angeles Lakers considering trading Pau Gasol to the Boston Celtics for Rajon Rondo? That is the popular rumor that’s been floating around the web for the past few weeks, much to chagrin of basketball fans who love either of the franchises involved.
A couple of weeks ago, Sam Amico of Fox Sports reported that the Lakers were in the market for a high level point guard, and that they were willing to part ways with Gasol to make a ‘substantial’ deal happen. The logic behind this is simple: Steve Nash, at 104 years old, can’t play at a high level for more than 20 to 25 minutes per game. Thus, L.A. needs fresh legs at the one-guard spot. Gasol, meanwhile, is in the final year of his deal – making him pretty much the only asset Mitch Kupchak can play with if he wants to upgrade the roster via trades.
Last week, another report surfaced – this one tried to connect the dots. The Lakers need a point guard, and are willing to part ways with a big contract. Rajon Rondo appears to be on the outs in Boston, and the Celtics are taking in big expiring contracts. Therefore the Lakers and Celtics will work out a trade. Or something.
Let’s be clear: this isn’t going to happen.
Boston has zero interest in Gasol, and if they decide they do want to trade Rondo, they have about five better options on the table. The Lakers, meanwhile, would probably love to add Rondo, but not when his health status is this up in the air. They have enough injured guys on the team already. Unless they’re completely committed to tanking this season, which, with Kobe Bryant on the roster seems unlikely, the move doesn’t make much sense for them either at this point.
Gasol might get moved this year. Rondo might get moved this year. They might even be moved in the same mult-team deal. But if history has taught us anything, it’s that the Lakers and Celtics (also, ex-Celtics like Kevin McHale who gave away K.G. for a worse offer just so he wouldn't have to deal with L.A.) aren’t particularly fond of helping each other out.